Tuesday, January 19, 2016


For my birthday, I asked for something homemade. I was delighted to receive this beautiful bouquet of flowers!
We've been trying to beat the winter blues by staying active and enjoying the great outdoors as much as possible. Having some wonderful Christmas gifts, and two January birthdays in our family, sure helps a lot, as well. We can't wait to head home to Freddy to celebrate Cale's 6th birthday on the 29th.

Some of my friends have been posting an 'All About Mom' interview on facebook lately, so I thought I'd give it a try with Caleb. The idea is to ask the questions and let the kids respond completely unprompted. Haha! What a great memory. I'll have to try this again in a couple of years. 

Caleb's 'All About Mom' interview: 

1. What is something Mom always says to you? 'Caleb'
2. What makes mom happy? When Odin sits down on his bum
3. What makes mom sad? Odin hitting
4. How does your mom make you laugh? When I act silly like a penguin (not sure when I've ever done this, but after a quick discussion he said he would love if I did!!)
5. What was your mom like as a child? Cute
6. How old is your mom? 37
7. How tall is your Mom? 4 ft
8. What is her favourite thing to do? Go for a walk
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? work
10. If your mom became famous, what would it be for? helping the fish!
11. What is your mom really good at? swimming
12. What is your mom not very good at? Not taking care of Odin  (ie- I am very good at taking care of Odin)
13. What does your mom do for a job? her job is to work for the Apartment of Fisheries!!
14. What is your mom's favorite food? pasta
15. What makes you proud of your mom? cooking a really good supper
16. If your mom was a character, who would she be? Elsa (Princess from Frozen)
17. What do you and your mom do together? Play together
18. How are you and your mom the same? Both have blue eyes
19. How are you and your mom different? She is older than me
20. How do you know your mom loves you? because she hugs me
21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? Africa
22. How old was your mom when you born? (takes a second to do the math and ...) 31

And a few photos of our January fun:

Winter hiking with friends. We stopped for a snack and even built a fire on the snowy beach.
Somebody likes to rock!
Drum circle with dad!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Holidays in review

We've been so busy enjoying our holidays and building amazing toy sets that I haven't had a second to update the blog! But I did take lots of photos to share. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here is our holiday in review!
Pulling out all of our decorations for a special Christmas breakfast! This was our advent activity for the first day of our holidays - complete with a kids menu and all. 
Christmas Eve cuddles. So excited for the big day! We had a brunch with friends then cooked our own turkey. Needless to say, we are still working on the leftovers!

For Odin, it was the Christmas of the Dog! Much to his delight he received 3 little dogs to go along with the 1 he already sleeps with every night. The love was immediate.

Boxing Day Soccer Game in PJs! We had a green Christmas in the Valley, but it didn't stay green for long.

By December 27th, we were building snowmen!

On New Years Day, we received the greatest gift of all - family! The final sunset of the year was a beauty, and made for a great ending to a very warm and magical winter day. 

For our NYE celebration, we started up our own Board Game Cafe. We played several different games and awarded tokens to the winners after each round. The kids set up a pretty impressive 'prize store' where the tokens could be cashed in every hour! Here we are in a heated game of Mustache Smash!

At the New Years Day Levee at the Annapolis Royal Legion. 

Meeting some local celebs at the Levee  (the Town Crier)

And Premier Stephen McNeil! 

And to wrap up a wonderful holiday - Alan and I escaped to Halifax for a night without the kids!! It was my first night ever without Odin, and I missed the little fella, but not for too long! We had an amazing dinner on the town, hit up Bearley's House of Blues for another New Years Day Levee (where Alan hopped on stage for a song) and made the most of our night together in the big city! And luckily for Greg and Linda, Odin slept through the night and all four kids were wonderful. It's looking like we just might get another night out sometime in 2016!!